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  • Mike O'Donnell
    Well, finally got back home from attending the inaugural meeting of HSHB. What a memorable weekend! David Queen, Tony Kruk (& wife Bonnie) put on one heck of
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 29, 2011
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      Well, finally got back home from attending the inaugural meeting of HSHB. What a memorable weekend!

      David Queen, Tony Kruk (& wife Bonnie) put on one heck of a first ever Brigade. From the moment we landed in beautiful Reno, NV and arrived at the hotel until we left Sunday morning, not a detail was overlooked!

      I walked into the hotel and immediately was greeted by many guys I knew from other Brigades I'd attended including Duane Henry, President of the Indiana Harmony Brigade. It wasn't long before I was singing with many of the first timers from the FWD and beyond. This went on until I begged off to get some things done in my room (like unpack) and get ready for supper. We were directed to the 14th floor for check in, getting our badges and lanyards (4 different colors indicating your voice part) and pins with the XQ (eXtreme Quartetting) and HSHB logo's combined! The meeting room also served as the place we would gather for meals and the contest. Speaking of meals - WOW! The food was terrific and a wonderful variety to choose from.

      At each table, stuck in the napkin in our water glass, was a playing card from one of the many casino's in Reno with our name pre-printed on it. We had been assigned a table at which to eat as well. Following the meal and announcements we were introduced to our other quartet members, told to choose a quartet name and then report to the CA who would tell us which of the 10 songs we would be competing with. All in all there would be 24 quartets competing that night with a few men doubling where needed in their voice part. We were given plenty of time to run through the song and add any stage presence or nuances we felt the song needed. At 9pm the contest started and part of the fun was hearing some of the names for the quartets.

      At this point I have to say I was blessed to have 3 really good singers to sing with (I'm not sure they felt the same about their lead!) and we were the last quartet to perform in the first half. We nailed it and I was sure we'd be in the finals. After a short break the contest continued and each quartet that came up on stage just got better and better. In the end, we didn't make the cut but felt really good about our
      performance of: THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL.

      After the top 10 were announced the evening continued with...more singing in all different quartet combinations! With the 3 hour time difference I finally excused myself and got to be by 2:30 EST (I'd been up since 5:45 AM).

      Saturday morning was breakfast followed by a business meeting during which, the tradition of having the first timers attending a Brigade having to sing for those who have attended other brigades was introduced. Remember, this is at 9:10 in the morning but we had a great warm up session which helped to get the guys ready to sing. I was asked to direct them and they sang SOLD (THE GRUNDY COUNTY AUCTION) to a standing ovation! Mostly I just got them started and met them at the cutoff! :-) The business meeting included recognition of those who had traveled the furthest - Florida (Dave Richards) and N. Carolina (Nic Cols): Duane Henry filling the guys in on the rich tradition of the Brigades and meeting other dignitaries in attendence. It was amazing to see how many men there were District quartet champs or had sung on the International stage in either a quartet or chorus. Since the International convention will be in Portland next year one of the guys volunteered to set up a "Brigade room" for us to gather in and sing some of the songs we've learned.

      Following the meeting there was...more quartet singing! What a surprise. Following lunch we jumped into cars the local guys (and some not so local) had driven to Reno so we could go rehearse at a local High School for the evening show. This show is for the express purpose of raising $ to offset the costs of the weekend not covered by the registration fee. In all there were about 80 some men on the risers. I have to say this was the most accurate and in tune singing chorus I've sung in! We'd blow the pitch once and it was spot on no matter how many times the different directors stopped us to remind us of something. After rehearsal it was back to the hotel to sing (what else) or just relax before supper and getting ready for the show.

      The show featured a group of young men (some still in high school) who sang accapella stuff. They had actually auditioned for the TV show THE SING OFF but didn't make the cut. They were good! Also on the show was 95 North from the FWD and 28th place finishers at K.C.. They wowed everyone with their tight harmonies and smooth delivery. Look for really good things from them in the future! The Chorus performed flawlessly and received a standing "O" at the end!

      Back to the hotel for the finals. One of the unique things which happened this weekend was the winners. They had all competed in other quartets (except the bass who had travel problems and had gotten in late) and had not made the cut. They were chosen to sing in a wildcard quartet for a second chance at 'glory" so to speak. They had to sing first and were told in advance what song they would sing (like Friday night). They did a terrific job on that song. Then, the other 10 quartets were called to the stage by random draw. When they arrived, they had to pull the song they would sing out of a stack of 10 playing cards and sing the song without rehearsal (thus giving credence to the XQ admonition of coming prepared!). All the quartets were terrific. Finally, the wildcard quartet came up and had to draw a card from the 10 and sing. When the last note was sung it was clear history had been made. They were the first wildcard quartet to ever win the contest! The after glow featured some local pizza and...more quartet singing! Sounds like a broken record but, for those of you who have not attended a Brigade meeting this is what it's all about.

      My congratulations to David Queen and Tony Kruk for a terrific weekend. They will be hard pressed to match it next year but I wouldn't bet against them!!!

      Yours in XQ,
      Mike O'Donnell, Pres
      Great Lakes Harmony Brigade
    • Bill Kane
      Congrats to David and Tony for bringing Harmony Brigades to FWD with such a big success. I know it will continue on in the following years at this fantastic
      Message 2 of 4 , Aug 29, 2011
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        Congrats to David and Tony for bringing Harmony Brigades to FWD with such a big success. I know it will continue on in the following years at this fantastic level and likely spawn other Brigades here in FWD.

        Bill Kane
        FWD Quartet Activity Chairman




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        Well, finally got back home from attending the inaugural meeting of HSHB. What a memorable weekend!

        David Queen, Tony Kruk (& wife Bonnie) put on one heck of a first ever Brigade. From the moment we landed in beautiful Reno, NV and arrived at the hotel until we left Sunday morning, not a detail was overlooked!

        I walked into the hotel and immediately was greeted by many guys I knew from other Brigades I'd attended including Duane Henry, President of the Indiana Harmony Brigade. It wasn't long before I was singing with many of the first timers from the FWD and beyond. This went on until I begged off to get some things done in my room (like unpack) and get ready for supper. We were directed to the 14th floor for check in, getting our badges and lanyards (4 different colors indicating your voice part) and pins with the XQ (eXtreme Quartetting) and HSHB logo's combined! The meeting room also served as the place we would gather for meals and the contest. Speaking of meals - WOW! The food was terrific and a wonderful variety to choose from.

        At each table, stuck in the napkin in our water glass, was a playing card from one of the many casino's in Reno with our name pre-printed on it. We had been assigned a table at which to eat as well. Following the meal and announcements we were introduced to our other quartet members, told to choose a quartet name and then report to the CA who would tell us which of the 10 songs we would be competing with. All in all there would be 24 quartets competing that night with a few men doubling where needed in their voice part. We were given plenty of time to run through the song and add any stage presence or nuances we felt the song needed. At 9pm the contest started and part of the fun was hearing some of the names for the quartets.

        At this point I have to say I was blessed to have 3 really good singers to sing with (I'm not sure they felt the same about their lead!) and we were the last quartet to perform in the first half. We nailed it and I was sure we'd be in the finals. After a short break the contest continued and each quartet that came up on stage just got better and better. In the end, we didn't make the cut but felt really good about our
        performance of: THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL.

        After the top 10 were announced the evening continued with...more singing in all different quartet combinations! With the 3 hour time difference I finally excused myself and got to be by 2:30 EST (I'd been up since 5:45 AM).

        Saturday morning was breakfast followed by a business meeting during which, the tradition of having the first timers attending a Brigade having to sing for those who have attended other brigades was introduced. Remember, this is at 9:10 in the morning but we had a great warm up session which helped to get the guys ready to sing. I was asked to direct them and they sang SOLD (THE GRUNDY COUNTY AUCTION) to a standing ovation! Mostly I just got them started and met them at the cutoff! :-) The business meeting included recognition of those who had traveled the furthest - Florida (Dave Richards) and N. Carolina (Nic Cols): Duane Henry filling the guys in on the rich tradition of the Brigades and meeting other dignitaries in attendence. It was amazing to see how many men there were District quartet champs or had sung on the International stage in either a quartet or chorus. Since the International convention will be in Portland next year one of the guys volunteered to set up a "Brigade room" for us to gather in and sing some of the songs we've learned.

        Following the meeting there was...more quartet singing! What a surprise. Following lunch we jumped into cars the local guys (and some not so local) had driven to Reno so we could go rehearse at a local High School for the evening show. This show is for the express purpose of raising $ to offset the costs of the weekend not covered by the registration fee. In all there were about 80 some men on the risers. I have to say this was the most accurate and in tune singing chorus I've sung in! We'd blow the pitch once and it was spot on no matter how many times the different directors stopped us to remind us of something. After rehearsal it was back to the hotel to sing (what else) or just relax before supper and getting ready for the show.

        The show featured a group of young men (some still in high school) who sang accapella stuff. They had actually auditioned for the TV show THE SING OFF but didn't make the cut. They were good! Also on the show was 95 North from the FWD and 28th place finishers at K.C.. They wowed everyone with their tight harmonies and smooth delivery. Look for really good things from them in the future! The Chorus performed flawlessly and received a standing "O" at the end!

        Back to the hotel for the finals. One of the unique things which happened this weekend was the winners. They had all competed in other quartets (except the bass who had travel problems and had gotten in late) and had not made the cut. They were chosen to sing in a wildcard quartet for a second chance at 'glory" so to speak. They had to sing first and were told in advance what song they would sing (like Friday night). They did a terrific job on that song. Then, the other 10 quartets were called to the stage by random draw. When they arrived, they had to pull the song they would sing out of a stack of 10 playing cards and sing the song without rehearsal (thus giving credence to the XQ admonition of coming prepared!). All the quartets were terrific. Finally, the wildcard quartet came up and had to draw a card from the 10 and sing. When the last note was sung it was clear history had been made. They were the first wildcard quartet to ever win the contest! The after glow featured some local pizza and...more quartet singing! Sounds like a broken record but, for those of you who have not attended a Brigade meeting this is what it's all about.

        My congratulations to David Queen and Tony Kruk for a terrific weekend. They will be hard pressed to match it next year but I wouldn't bet against them!!!

        Yours in XQ,
        Mike O'Donnell, Pres
        Great Lakes Harmony Brigade






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      • Robert Farnham
        Maybe it will spawn one in the NED!!  Hint, hint. Bob REWIND! - Bass ... From: Bill Kane Subject: RE: [bbshop] HIGH SIERRA HARMONY
        Message 3 of 4 , Aug 29, 2011
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          Maybe it will spawn one in the NED!!  Hint, hint.
          Bob
          REWIND! - Bass

          --- On Mon, 8/29/11, Bill Kane <BillKaneVIP@...> wrote:

          From: Bill Kane <BillKaneVIP@...>
          Subject: RE: [bbshop] HIGH SIERRA HARMONY BRIGADE
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          Cc: pionet@yahoogroups.com, fwd-list@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Monday, August 29, 2011, 3:45 PM


          Congrats to David and Tony for bringing Harmony Brigades to FWD with such a big success.  I know it will continue on in the following years at this fantastic level and likely spawn other Brigades here in FWD.

          Bill Kane
          FWD Quartet Activity Chairman




          CC: PioNet@...
          To: bbshop@yahoogroups.com
          From: BBSMike@...
          Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:07:09 -0400
          Subject: [bbshop] HIGH SIERRA HARMONY BRIGADE


           



          Well, finally got back home from attending the inaugural meeting of HSHB. What a memorable weekend!

          David Queen, Tony Kruk (& wife Bonnie) put on one heck of a first ever Brigade. From the moment we landed in beautiful Reno, NV and arrived at the hotel until we left Sunday morning, not a detail was overlooked!

          I walked into the hotel and immediately was greeted by many guys I knew from other Brigades I'd attended including Duane Henry, President of the Indiana Harmony Brigade. It wasn't long before I was singing with many of the first timers from the FWD and beyond. This went on until I begged off to get some things done in my room (like unpack) and get ready for supper. We were directed to the 14th floor for check in, getting our badges and lanyards (4 different colors indicating your voice part) and pins with the XQ (eXtreme Quartetting) and HSHB logo's combined! The meeting room also served as the place we would gather for meals and the contest. Speaking of meals - WOW! The food was terrific and a wonderful variety to choose from.

          At each table, stuck in the napkin in our water glass, was a playing card from one of the many casino's in Reno with our name pre-printed on it. We had been assigned a table at which to eat as well. Following the meal and announcements we were introduced to our other quartet members, told to choose a quartet name and then report to the CA who would tell us which of the 10 songs we would be competing with. All in all there would be 24 quartets competing that night with a few men doubling where needed in their voice part. We were given plenty of time to run through the song and add any stage presence or nuances we felt the song needed. At 9pm the contest started and part of the fun was hearing some of the names for the quartets.

          At this point I have to say I was blessed to have 3 really good singers to sing with (I'm not sure they felt the same about their lead!) and we were the last quartet to perform in the first half. We nailed it and I was sure we'd be in the finals. After a short break the contest continued and each quartet that came up on stage just got better and better. In the end, we didn't make the cut but felt really good about our
          performance of: THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL.

          After the top 10 were announced the evening continued with...more singing in all different quartet combinations! With the 3 hour time difference I finally excused myself and got to be by 2:30 EST (I'd been up since 5:45 AM).

          Saturday morning was breakfast followed by a business meeting during which, the tradition of having the first timers attending a Brigade having to sing for those who have attended other brigades was introduced. Remember, this is at 9:10 in the morning but we had a great warm up session which helped to get the guys ready to sing. I was asked to direct them and they sang SOLD (THE GRUNDY COUNTY AUCTION) to a standing ovation! Mostly I just got them started and met them at the cutoff! :-) The business meeting included recognition of those who had traveled the furthest - Florida (Dave Richards) and N. Carolina (Nic Cols): Duane Henry filling the guys in on the rich tradition of the Brigades and meeting other dignitaries in attendence. It was amazing to see how many men there were District quartet champs or had sung on the International stage in either a quartet or chorus. Since the International convention will be in Portland next year one of the guys
          volunteered to set up a "Brigade room" for us to gather in and sing some of the songs we've learned.

          Following the meeting there was...more quartet singing! What a surprise. Following lunch we jumped into cars the local guys (and some not so local) had driven to Reno so we could go rehearse at a local High School for the evening show. This show is for the express purpose of raising $ to offset the costs of the weekend not covered by the registration fee. In all there were about 80 some men on the risers. I have to say this was the most accurate and in tune singing chorus I've sung in! We'd blow the pitch once and it was spot on no matter how many times the different directors stopped us to remind us of something. After rehearsal it was back to the hotel to sing (what else) or just relax before supper and getting ready for the show.

          The show featured a group of young men (some still in high school) who sang accapella stuff. They had actually auditioned for the TV show THE SING OFF but didn't make the cut. They were good! Also on the show was 95 North from the FWD and 28th place finishers at K.C.. They wowed everyone with their tight harmonies and smooth delivery. Look for really good things from them in the future! The Chorus performed flawlessly and received a standing "O" at the end!

          Back to the hotel for the finals. One of the unique things which happened this weekend was the winners. They had all competed in other quartets (except the bass who had travel problems and had gotten in late) and had not made the cut. They were chosen to sing in a wildcard quartet for a second chance at 'glory" so to speak. They had to sing first and were told in advance what song they would sing (like Friday night). They did a terrific job on that song. Then, the other 10 quartets were called to the stage by random draw. When they arrived, they had to pull the song they would sing out of a stack of 10 playing cards and sing the song without rehearsal (thus giving credence to the XQ admonition of coming prepared!). All the quartets were terrific. Finally, the wildcard quartet came up and had to draw a card from the 10 and sing. When the last note was sung it was clear history had been made. They were the first wildcard quartet to ever win the contest!
          The after glow featured some local pizza and...more quartet singing! Sounds like a broken record but, for those of you who have not attended a Brigade meeting this is what it's all about.

          My congratulations to David Queen and Tony Kruk for a terrific weekend. They will be hard pressed to match it next year but I wouldn't bet against them!!!

          Yours in XQ,
          Mike O'Donnell, Pres
          Great Lakes Harmony Brigade




                                   

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        • Shelley Herman
          I got a call from my daughter, a former Sweet Adeline, who was at the hotel for a different event, saying: There are barbershoppers all over the place here
          Message 4 of 4 , Aug 29, 2011
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            I got a call from my daughter, a former Sweet Adeline, who was at the hotel
            for a different event, saying: "There are barbershoppers all over the place
            here singing up a storm." I didn't know about the HSHB but she found out
            the information.

            She still loves barbershop music and has a SAI 4th place International
            chorus medal. Maybe this will get her back in the hobby.


            Shelley Herman
            saherman@...
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